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Prescott firm finds niche clearing fire dangers

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. — A northern Arizona company started by two elite
firefighters that clears fire dangers around homes has seen business boom in its
inaugural season.

Arrow Fire Support Services has been receiving work nonstop in the last two
months to clear brush and other fuels for fire found around homes, the Daily
reported Tuesday.

David Bowden, who was a Pleasant Valley Hotshot, and Matthew Gesser, a current
Mesa Hotshot, started the company in April.

Last year’s deadly Yarnell Hill Fire and more recent wildfires have made people
more pro-active about making sure their property isn’t at risk, Bowden said.
“We get more and more fire-wise communities every day,” he said.

First, the company does a free assessment with the homeowner of the house.

“Typically, we educate the homeowner on what can be done, what fuels can be
mitigated. We take them around the whole home and show them what’s imperative,”
Bowden said.

Then they negotiate over what needs to be taken down and what can stay.

“We have to work with usually the wife _ do what we need to do keep house
safe, but leave them something to look at for their birds, rabbits and what have
you,” Bowden said. “We want to leave them a home they’ll be proud of.”

The company has gotten a variety of jobs, from small homes to multi-acre
properties. They serve clients in Prescott Valley and the surrounding cities.

So far, Arrow Fire has recruited at least eight people, all with fire-service
backgrounds. Employees have found their wildland firefighting training is now
paying off in another way.

“It’s easy for us to look at a house and say, `This is what would happen.
These are the fuels we need to mitigate,'” Bowden said.


Information from: The Daily Courier


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